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In about 20 minutes I'll be holding my first virtual office hours for the Summer B session of MCO435 (Social Media). This is the place to check in with any questions about the course, readings, assignments, etc. See you there!
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If you missed yesterday's panel about hacktivism with Cory Doctorow (and me!), organized by ASU's Center for Science and the Imagination, the video is now posted. (I believe there are some problems with the beginning, but by the second video they're sorted out.)

It was a really great conversation, and soon I've also posted my prep notes if you want to see where I thought the discussion might go (spoiler alert: I was wrong about several things).

http://csi.asu.edu/doctorow/
http://dawngilpin.net/blog/?p=221
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Aside from the need to completely rethink our outmoded copyright laws, and install systemic protections against abuse of the legal code by overly ambitious prosecutors, we also need to address the problem of fundamental ignorance among technology policy makers and those charged with enforcing those policies. 

http://unhandled.com/2013/01/12/the-truth-about-aaron-swartzs-crime/
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Putting the finishing touches on my Social Media class for Spring 2013. It'll be my first time teaching online--I'm not quite sure why, but that somehow feels ironic. 
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Post-hoc election analysis in a nutshell, from where I stand: You can't influence behavior in a complex system such as the electorate through narrative alone. There has to be a network to support it.

You might even make a case that a strong network can make up for many sins of a weak narrative, although I'd argue that neither can really do much in a vacuum. (Well, really, neither can exist in a vacuum, since those network ties have to be made up of something, and narratives are also about connecting people and concepts.)
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Action > narrative. Or, at least, action becomes the narrative that people ultimately truly believe.

The GOP insists that African-Americans and Latinos share values with the average conservative. They're not exactly wrong. Both groups have large segments that lean socially conservative.

The GOP, though, seems (seemed?) content assuming that their message will reach significant parts of those groups merely by stating their message, rather than getting out on the ground and connecting with people in the community. That is, choosing narrative over action.

The Obama campaign's focus on/ability to mobilize and put people on the ground to get their message out & connect with people made the difference. It's the demonstration of actual concern in action instead of the assumption that their message resonates.

Data is important and, arguably, O's team were monsters in collecting it and making sense of it. I'd be willing to bet, though, that Romney's team compiled data that would have been helpful but data is only helpful if you truly act on it in a meaningful way.

To me, it's telling that most of the post-election hubbub has Republicans seemingly having a change of heart on immigration issues. That there's been nary a thing said that would indicate trying to bridge the gap with African-Americans and women voters makes me think that the immigration reform talked about is just the quickest, easiest bandaid for the GOP to regain steadiness within the shift in demographics.

Then again, I think everyone should just hug it out. :)
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Adding a new level of intertextuality to movie viewing. 
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Erm. So. There are huge warehouses in LA, Vancouver, and I'm sure every other major filming hub that house everything from gumball machines and paper clips, to cars posters, clothes, lampposts, couches, whatever. Most of what you see on screen has either been specifically built for the production, or is on its billionth rental. I have a hard time watching stuff that's shot up in Vancouver because I can name the rental houses various lamps, coat racks, bowling balls have come from.
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One of the most powerfully thought-provoking pieces on the gun movement I've read. Gun Power, indeed.

http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2012/12/the-nra-and-the-positive-good-of-maximum-guns/266571/
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